The history of a Japanese archipelago and its inhabitants, through rebellions and famine, a 20th century exodus for prostitution work across Asia, and finally depopulation and isolation.
Thursday, December 9
Steven Seagal spent a few years in Japan and returned to open a dojo in L.A.. Jules Nasso was the wiseguy producer behind all of Seagal’s hits. When it all fell apart, Seagal reputedly offered money for a contract killing, and Nasso may have been caught on tape arranging to extort Seagal through the Gambino Family.
Wednesday, December 8
The case that brought leaks to the popular consciousness.
The profile that led to the Massey Energy CEO’s resignation.
Tuesday, December 7
The director of Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours on his aversion to America, the advantages of small budgets, and the challenges of directing the opening ceremony for the London Olympics.
A Stockholm prostitute is found hacked apart in a dumpster, her head is never found. Two accomplished doctors, confirmed creeps, are arrested. Uncertainty endures.
The interior life of a sniper, the most misunderstood icon of the modern military.
Monday, December 6
A report from Minnesota’s Angle Township, which was put in the U.S. instead of Canada by a map-maker’s error.
A tech neophyte looks for answers in Silicon Valley, “the last place in America where people are this optimistic.”